Monday, October 31, 2011

Things I want to do.....

I have a been thinking a lot lately about everything I want to do.  I have thought about photography a lot, thought about vacations, thought about spending more time with my kids and my family. Today as I was pondering a few things.  Lala was on my phone and she saw the picture of my brother D post running his marathon.  We went to see my brother O run his marathon and it was great.  She asks me, "mom, why don't you run marathons like my uncles do?" I said  "I don't know why I don't, there's nothing that says I can't."

With this in mind, I have decided to train harder this coming year so that I can run a marathon.  I'm not thinking it's going to be very easy; it will be hard but this will help me mentally prepare for anything else that I want to do in the future.  I am excited and hope that I can fulfill my own challange. 

I'll keep you all as updated as I possibly can.  I will need a lot of mental support for this but I know that I can do this.


Sunday, October 30, 2011


I have heard of these Staycations....they are vacations that are taken away from where you live.  Well my husband and I are going to take one this next weekend.  We are going up to Park City.  I got a great deal on a 3 day 2 night stay.  I figured why not take advantage of it.  We need some time alone and I figured while we were up there we could hike and get some great pictures. Some hiking wouldn't do us any harm and then to just come back to the hotel room and just cuddle take a long hot bath or just sit and watch tv in our underwear, would not be a bad idea.  :)  I just want to have some alone time with him so that we can catch up.

It seems like we started to spend more time apart, less time together and more time with our kids.  That's not a bad thing mind you, but we never really did anything together.  I always felt guilty because our kids were not involed.  Our whole world revolved around our kids.  Whatever we did it was all about our kids.  The thing is that we have been concentrated on our kids for so long that I feel like we have grown apart.  Sounds wierd? Ya it is.  I wish it weren't. 

I hope that this little staycation will help us to reconnect and get to know each other again.  It's hard for me to say that.  I love my husband but I feel like we really don't know each other anymore.  I have taken on new hobbies and new interests, new job, new friends and I know that he feels the same way that I do.  He thinks that we are really different than what we were when we first got married.


Thursday, October 27, 2011


I've been thinking a lot lately about friends. My daughter is sad right now because she and her friend are not talking. It's really sad actually. They have been friends for such a long time.  I won't go into any details about her life but I just hope that they can reconnect.  I know that she will have other friends in her life.  Maybe even greater friends but in this stage of her life she has her, and she is really sad that she can't talk to her the way she did before. I give her as much advise as I can because I have been in situations where I have lost friends along the way in my life. 

I started to think back to high school.  The people that I knew; the friends that I had and how we no longer talk.  I guess that's life. I don't regret anything that I have done.  Who I was friends with because every second I was with my friends I enjoyed it.  Had great times.  Learned new things.  Experienced life.

I do however wish some days that I had a sister.  Sisters are a girls BEST FRIEND! Too bad I wasn't blessed with one.  I have 3 wonderful brothers but it's just not the same.  A sister you can talk to about anything.  I mean ANYTHING!! I didn't give my daughter a sister nor my son a brother and I hope that they can find a friend that will be there for them.

Friends come from all walks of life; trips that one takes. Places one visits or people you work with.  I have a friend who lives in Vegas.  She is like my sister.  She knows a lot about me and even though we don't talk all the time.  She lives in my heart always.  We used to work together a long time ago.  We bonded and I love that girl so much.  Everytime she visits it's great.  We try and hang out together and catch up.  She's is great! She knows my secrets and I know that I can trust her with anything. I know that she won't say anything and if she does I accept anything she might have to say, any advise she might have.  I don't have to take it but I listen.

I think true friends hard to come by.  So I am blessed to have a few that I can truely call great friends. 

My daughter misses talking to her friend.  I hope that they can get back to being friends.  I know that right now it's the age where some girls don't understand that it's ok to have many friends. 

The most important friends are the ones that you can call and cry with.  The ones that no matter what time it is you can call and tell exciting or sad news to, call them at 7am crying and have them talk you through shit that's going on.  They don't mind they just want to hear from you.  I love friends like that.

I thank God evreyday for all my friends and always ask him to take care of all of them. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday Drive

My husband Javier loves the fact that we can go for a drive on Sundays.  We do it all the time, the only difference now is that I have a camera and I can take pictures.  This Sunday we woke up rather early, not on purpose mind you, we just did.  He looked over at me and asked, do you wanna go take pictures?  We can go to the lake? I was up in a flash, dressed and grabbed my camera bag.  We stopped at McDonalds for coffee and he bought himself a burrito.

It was great.  We didn't take the kids because, well they were still asleep.  It's so pretty to see the scenery. All the beautiful corn fields, alfalfa fields, and plain old fields that have been freshly plowed.  It's great. Reminds me of when I was a kid living out in Elberta.  I'll share a few pics of what I took while at the lake.  Enjoy.


looks like the carnival was in town. 


the moon was out while the sun was still rising.  I just had to take pictures 

old barn

old truck

plowed field 

green field

When I took the photography class, Wade told us to practice taking pictures.  That we would naturally start getting a feel for what the camera's settings should be at.  I think I'm getting the hang of it.  Also going out and taking pictures with other photographers, like my friend Chris, helps.  Give you a different perspective on things and they are great for giving tips too.  Thanks to both of you.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Adventures in Photography

I have to say that I LOVE my new camera.  I love the fact that I got to take a free photography class by a good friend and I love that I am a little better at taking pictures.  Now I get to experiment with taking pictures of people.  I can't wait.  I enjoy photography as much as I enjoy crafting, sewing and crotcheting. It's such a beautiful interpretation of art and with photography, like any other art, you cannot go wrong.  I went out this weekend with Javier and took some pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites that I took.

This is up Spanish Fork Canyon

Spanish Fork Canyon

We took Missy the lab up with us so that she could run around and be free for a little while.  She runs a lot in our back yard but it's just not the same.  I love to see her running free up the hills of the canyon.  I snapped a few shots of her running around and resting.  She was so exhausted when we got home but that's ok because that way she gets all that crazy energy out of her system. 

I think she must have seen or heard something because she was very attentive for a few minutes. 

Missy started to get tired since she had been running around like crazy, we decided to rest for a bit and give Missy some water.  Have you ever tried to give a lab water from the palm of your hand?  Well it's not easy.  She wanted to drink straight from the water.  We did designate a bottle of water just for her but it wasn't easy giving her a drink of water.  Here is Javier's attempt at giving her some water.  I thought it was very funny. :) 
Ummmm didn't go so well, but we tried. 

Well we he had fun trying to get her to drink, she on the other hand still looks thirsty.  Poor dog, just drink from the palm of his had silly!!
Missy decided that she wanted to rest a bit more.  I got this really cool shot of her. I think she looks great. 

We drove around a bit more, I had seen the river pass through and I wanted to go get some pictures there.  We put Missy in the back of the truck and headed down.  I got some good pictures and Missy finally got a much needed drink of water.  

such beautiful scenery. 

some cotton plants or something, don't really know but it was so cool to see.

Here's Missy, getting her drink of water


Missy paw in mud

Missy paw in water.

On our way home I took a few more shots.  I really like the whole feel of nature.  It's so beautiful just to get out and relax. 
yea, you can see that I took this while we were driving but it's so beautiful

I couldn't resist.

Our house from the back.  I just couldn't resist. :)
I hope that you enjoy my pictures and enjoy reading my blog.  As I get better with photography I will post more pictures.  I hope that you will leave a comment to let me know how I am doing.  
Have a great day!! 

Monday, October 10, 2011


Today is October 10, 2011; I have to let everyone know that my son Abraham, MADE THE LIST!! He started his first day of drivers education today.  He has had his learners permit since March when he turned 15 and he is a very good driver.  He signed up for driver's ed a while ago but had to wait for there to be 35 students in the class.  He got his call on Friday and his name was on the list this morning.  His dad took him to his class but I think I might be the one taking him for the next 3 months.  I don't mind.

I love the fact that my kids are growing up but also am scared to think that they won't need me anymore.  I hope that they will always need their mom, even if its just to cook them some food while they are away to college, maybe come over so I can fix a "yaya" they might have, or make them some chicken soup when they are sick. Maybe they will call  me to make them tortillas or even better maybe to come over to their dorm and cook them a meal!!! Ok, ok so I'm getting way over my head but I hope that they at least consider me for the little things. 

I love my kids and want to say that I'm a proud mama and am so greatful that I have such wonderful kids. Abraham, Laura, I love you!!  My husband and I were truley blessed by God to have the strength to raise such great kids.